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Datebook: November 9 – First Gridiron Football Game 150 Years Ago

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The first documented gridiron (North American) football match was a game played on November 9, 1861, at University College, University of Toronto. One of the participants in the game involving University of Toronto students was Sir William Mulock, later Chancellor of the school. Canadian football is a form of gridiron football played almost exclusively in Canada in which two teams of 12 players each compete for territorial control of a field of play 110 yards long and 65 yards wide attempting to advance a pointed prolate spheroid ball into the opposing team’s end zone. In Canada, the term football usually refers to Canadian football and American football collectively. The two sports have shared origins and are closely related, but have significant differences—in particular, 12 players on the field per team in Canadian football rather than 11, and three downs per possession rather than four. The fewer number of downs in Canadian football results in less offensive rushing than in the American game.

It’s Wednesday, November 9th

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park offers Veterans a storytelling weekend. Register from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday. Blood River to Berlin author Mike Freeland leads “Experience of War Stories” at 7 p.m. and again at 10 a.m. Saturday. At 1 p.m. Saturday, Freeland leads a session “How to Write Your Story.” Freeland signs books at 3. Call the park at 800-325-1711 for details.

LBL offers veterans free admission to the Homeplace, Elk and Bison Prairie, Woodlands Nature Station and Golden Pond Planetarium. Pick up passes for the Prairie at the Visitor’s Center from 9 to 5. Wranglers Campground and Turkey Bay Off-Highway Vehicle Area are also issuing free permits.

Hopkinsville Art Guild’s 3rd Annual Art Auction begins with a buffet dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Guild Art Gallery and Studio at Bradford Square Mall, 4000 Ft. Campbell Boulevard. Tickets are $15. The live auction starts at 7. Paintings, photographs, jewelry, pottery and wood turnings are featured items.

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